DanceMN News - November 8, 2017








Dear DanceMN Readers:

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Non Edwards-


Created and performed by Matt Jenson in collaboration with
Choreographers: Nicole Hettwer, Marcia Keegan, and Laura Selle Virtucio
Composers: Michelle Kinney, Joel Arpin, Marya Hart and Eric Jensen
Writer: Linda Shapiro
Lighting design: Mike Grogan
Pre-performance gallery showing by eight visual artists. Music performed live!

Gods, goddesses, and fantastic creatures from Greek mythology abound in this performance that blends dance, theatre, and figure drawing. After each dance, YOU get to sketch while the character poses! No previous drawing experience required. Art materials provided. Performance contains nudity.

Three shows remaining!
Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 11 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 12 at 6:30 PM

$20 general admission, $12 students.

Dreamland Arts | 677 Hamline Ave N, St. Paul
Matt Jenson-, (612) 419-2805

A mezza is the large sampling of delicious Near Eastern appetizers, which this show delivers in dance and music, featuring live music with our local virtuosic Arabic band, Amwaaj, led by drummer Tim O’Keefe. Mr. O’Keefe has earned renown as the finest ethnic percussionist in the Upper Midwest. Our unique concert of dance and music celebrates traditional and contemporary choreographies by Artistic Director Cassandra Shore, and includes two dances from the world-class guest artist Samantha Burnstein. Our concert runs November 8–12 with 8pm shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 2pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. All seats for all shows are general admission. Purchase your $35 dollar reservations NOW! Pay-as-able at the door for Saturday’s matinee on a first-come-first-served basis. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis
Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

Zenon Dance Company will celebrate its 35th Anniversary at The Cowles Center with a program featuring three world premieres, as well as classic pieces from the company’s repertoire.

The three new works include world premiere pieces by Penelope Freeh, Michelle Boulé (of New York), and Alex Springer and Xan Burley (of New York).

Zenon will also reprise four repertory works for the program including "Ezekiel’s Wheel" by jazz choreographer Danny Buraczeski, "Blessing of the Earth" by Wynn Fricke, "Storm" by Daniel Charon, and "Hotel Tango" by Mariusz Olszewski.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ann Erickson-, (612) 206-3630

On the second Tuesday of each month from noon until 1:00pm, bring your lunch to Landmark Center in St. Paul and enjoy a “taste” of the SPB training and company repertoire. Free and open to the public. Landmark Center is located at 5th Street West on Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul.

November 14, 2017. Noon-1:00pm. FREE!

Landmark Center | 75 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55102
Michelle Ludwig-, (651) 690-1588

University of Minnesota Dance presents:
Considering Javanese Traditional Dance - A Performance and Lecture/Demonstration with Setyastuti
Tuesday, November 14, 4:30 pm
Barbara Barker Center for Dance - Studio 100
Free and open to the public.

Setyastuti is a Professor in Indonesia Arts Institute from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Setyastuti (Uti) is a choreographer of contemporary Indonesian dance and a traditional dancer.

Setyastuti's visit to the University of Minnesota is supported by the Directorate General of Resources for Science Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia for Academic Mobility and Exchange.

Nora Jenneman-

Mark your calendars and celebrate Minnesota’s day of giving with Twin Cities Ballet! There will be fun events throughout the day at the Ballet Royale studio. Twin Cities Ballet recently raised over $1500 at our annual Preview performance and reception, help us keep the momentum going by supporting us on Give to the Max Day, Thursday, November 16, 2017!

Give to the Max Day Special Events - ALL events are free!
11:00am - 12:00pm: Twin Cities Ballet open company rehearsal.
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Give to the Max reception, where you will be able to meet the directors, TCB company dancers, and enjoy special refreshments provided.

Ballet Royale is just 20 minutes south of both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul off I-35. Free parking!

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Get moving and celebrate Give to the Max Day with the vibrant and eclectic Twin Cities dance community. Move to the MAX features Alternative Motion Project, Flying Foot Forum, Kaleena Miller Dance, and St. Paul Ballet as they combine forces for an exciting and exclusive event. Enjoy compelling performances by each company and mingle with the artists for a post-show reception. Join us for the Great Minnesota Give Together to support these companies’ great work.

Give to the Max Day
Thursday, November 16
Performance and post-show reception 7:00pm – 8:30pm.
Check-in starting at 6:00pm.
Doors open at 6:15pm.

Reserve tickets at
Entry to the event requires a 100% tax-deductible donation to at least one of the performing companies through for Give to the Max Day.

Donations can be to any organization on-site or prior to the event (proof of donation required).
Suggested donation $25 per person.

JSB TEK BOX at the Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Second Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Kristin Howe-, (952) 843-3408

Haven’t I Hidden Your Name? is a new dance work rooted in the writings of the Sephardic Jewish poets of medieval Spain, explored through the living language of Bharatanatyam.

Dancer Tamara Nadel has been a student and disciple of choreographer Ranee Ramaswamy (Founder/Co-Director of the Twin Cities’ renowned Ragamala Dance Company) for more than 20 years. A founding member of Ragamala, Tamara has crossed boundaries of culture and faith to immerse herself in the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam. With this piece, Ranee has created a solo work for Tamara that allows her to explore themes of love, longing, and devotion-which are central to Bharatanatyam-through the lens of her own Jewish background.

Concept and choreography: Ranee Ramaswamy

Dancer and poetry selection: Tamara Nadel

Original music by cantor Basya Schechter, Lalit Subramanian, and Vinod Krishnan, specially commissioned for this work.

Performed with live music.

Beth El Synagogue | 5225 Barry Street West, St. Louis Park, MN

Join us, as TU Dance celebrates the opening of its fourteenth performance season with a special program featuring two world premieres. In "Sensible Existence," commissioned by the Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation, choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis presents movement for five dancers inspired by Descartes' writings on self and the world. International choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland reflects on themes of racial profiling, unity, and healing in "41 times," a full-company work commissioned by The O'Shaughnessy, which references the tragic 1999 police killing of Amadou Diallo. The program also features two favorites from the company's repertory: Ron Brown's "Clear As Tear Water" (2005), a solo work originally created for Toni Pierce-Sands and now performed by Taylor Collier; and Uri Sands' "Hikari" (2014).

November 17-19 at The O'Shaughnessy

Tickets: $22-$34 (discounts for students, seniors, military, MPR)
Box Office: or 651-690-6700

The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University | 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez-, (612) 367-6681

Riverwalk: Bankbody is a dance film project by Marylee Hardenbergh, involving three dancers,Torre Edahl, Kaori Kenmatsu, and Lori Mercil, performing with GoPro cameras, allowing viewers the opportunity to feel the experience of the dancers as they move through space in four different locations along the Mississippi River: Raspberry Island, St. Paul; Pillsbury Park, Minneapolis; Coon Rapids Dam; and Hastings Riverwalk.

The dancers were also filmed by local videographers Nate Gebhard and Guy Wagner, including drone footage taken from above, providing a unique mix of first person and third person perspectives for the film.

We hope you will join us for the unveiling of this unique film experience, and join participants in a question and answer session about the process. The reception will take place at the A-Mill Lofts Reception Room on Saturday, November 18 at 6:30pm.

A-Mill Artist Lofts | 301 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Marylee Hardenbergh-, (612) 616-0306

Saturday, November 18, 7:00pm and Sunday, November 19, 2:00pm
Carlson Family Stage

Join the University of Minnesota Marching Band, directed by Betsy McCann, for performances that showcase music, tradition, and entertainment for the whole family. The Marching Band will perform halftime favorites and more.
One of the most exciting and highly visible organizations on campus, the Minnesota Marching Band provides enthusiastic support to the University’s athletic programs, and represents the University at events throughout the year. The Pride of Minnesota has been bringing spirit, color, and music to campus for over 125 years.

Northrop at the University of Minnesota | 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455
Cyrus Northrop-, (612) 624-2345

Under the direction of Susana di Palma, the Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre Company presents a concert of traditional flamenco dance and music that brings intense, expressive, and rhythmic excitement to the stage as only flamenco can. Featuring guest artists singer José Cortés Fernández, guitarist “Chuscales,” and dancer Jesús Muñoz.

Two shows:
8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 8
5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Join us from 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. on Saturday evening for a 35th-anniversary flamenco reception before the show.
General admission tickets are $25 per person. The ticket price for Saturday evening includes the reception. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit our events page at

Andy Boss Thrust Stage, Park Square Theatre | 20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN
Michael Bargas-, (612) 234-1653

A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music through explosive hip hop choreography. It sets out on a third national tour following the success of two previous sold-out tours.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ and a violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her nutcracker prince travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of sugarplums into 1980s Brooklyn. The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrates love, community, and the magic of New Year’s Eve.

Co-presented by Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Hennepin Theatre Trust.

State Theatre | 805 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Jeff Miller-

Over the course of 45 years, Choreographers’ Evening has offered an exciting range of Minnesota dance reflective of the guest curator’s lens and of the cohort of choreographers they bring together. Showcasing emerging and established dancemakers forging new ideas, this cherished event has become an honored rite of passage in Minnesota dance circles. Grab your friends and get the inside scoop on our thriving local scene through this smart sampler of works ranging from humorous to political, abstract to literal, solos to group work, with choreography rooted in experimental, contemporary, hip hop, and improvisational performance.

Choreographers’ Evening 2017 features: Gabriel Anderson, Charles Campbell with Ted Moore, DaNCEBUMS, KUDETA, Pedro Pablo Lander, Billy Mullaney, Alys Ayumi Ogura, Jordan Rosenow, Erin Search-Wells, and Vie Boheme & Maleek Washington. Curator Megan Mayer is a widely respected local choreographer, photographer, and video artist.

Walker Art Center | 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN

"Mini-Nutcracker" is a delightful abbreviated version of Twin Cities Ballet’s classic A Minnesota Nutcracker, designed to introduce children to the magic of this family holiday classic.

This beloved holiday tradition, with soaring music by Tchaikovsky, promises to hold the attention of even the youngest theatergoer!
Suitable for all ages, this version is less than an hour and performed by cast members from Twin Cities Ballet’s full-length production.

A perfect holiday mini-treat for the whole family!

Event Information:
WHEN: November 28, 2017
TIME: 11:00 am
WHERE: Lakeville Area Arts Center

Tickets are selling fast, get yours today! Purchase tickets online or by calling 952-985-4640.

Lakeville Area Arts Center | 20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

Tickets for the beloved holiday classic with a Minnesota twist are on sale now – get yours today!
All shows sold out before opening night last year, so buy now so you don't miss this holiday classic!

Twin Cities Ballet’s original A Minnesota Nutcracker is a cherished holiday treasure and one of the most-attended holiday dance events in the Twin Cities! While retaining all the magic and familiar traditions loved by so many, A Minnesota Nutcracker adds local flare with Minnesota settings and custom-designed Minnesota-centric backdrops.

A Minnesota Nutcracker promises delightful entertainment for the whole family, from ballet novices to loyal patrons alike!

Tickets $20 – $38
Tickets can be purchased in person at the Ames Center Box Office, or via Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787 or

Friday, December 8, 7:00pm
Saturday, December 9, 2:00pm
Saturday, December 9, 7:00pm
Sunday, December 10, 1:00pm
Sunday, December 10, 4:30pm

Ames Center | 2600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337

Looking for some unique, family-friendly holiday dance entertainment this season? Join us for Chill, featuring the music of Charlie Brown Christmas played live by local band GST!

When: Saturdays, December 9 AND 16 from 2:00-3:30pm
Where: Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul.
More information and tickets:

As the weather chills, we chill into groove-driven music and movement. This dance show of works by Erinn Liebhard offers remounts of lively original choreography and new movement creations featuring quartet GST’s live renditions of Vince Guaraldi’s playful and nostalgic Charlie Brown Christmas jazz soundtrack. Bring your family and come enjoy a pint and a snack while you experience this unique live holiday music and dance show at celebrated performance venue the Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul. Lunch and bar service starts at 11am and seating for the show is first come, first served, so come early!

Amsterdam Bar & Hall | 6 West 6th St, St. Paul, MN 55102
Erinn Liebhard-

Join The Cowles Center and James Sewell Ballet as we ring in the holidays with Myron Johnson’s irreverent and inventive classic Nutcracker (not so) Suite.

Set in 1960s New York City, young Marie and her socialite mother, Mama Flo, throw the swankiest soiree in town. With appearances by Barbie, Ken, and a host of colorful characters, Nutcracker (not so) Suite is this season’s spiciest take on The Land of Sweets.

Starring Bradley Greenwald as Mama Flo!

Feeling adventurous? For a slightly racier version of the show, attend one of our Naughty Nutcracker performances on December 22, December 28, and December 30!

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ann Erickson-, (612) 206-3630

Ballet Minnesota celebrates their milestone 30th anniversary of performing The Classic Nutcracker at The O’Shaughnessy with highly-lauded ballerina Dusty Button performing the signature role of Sugar Plum Fairy.

The performances take place December 15-17, 2017.
Ticket prices range from $21 to $46 with discounts for seniors, students, active military and groups.
To purchase tickets, visit or call The O’Shaughnessy box office at 651-690-6700.

Pointe Magazine has called guest soloist Dusty Button, “a new brand of ballerina,” known for her fierce individualism as well as her perfect pirouettes. For this production of The Nutcracker, Button will be selecting her pas de deux partner, the Cavalier. That announcement will be made in the coming weeks.

The O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University | 2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN
Susan Ritt-, (651) 335-1834


Please join us for our second session of fall workshops with Thern Anderson and Tina Anderson Wallum.

Session 2: October 17 - December 4. No classes November 20-26.

Cost: $85.00 per six-week workshop, per session. Preregistration is required for the full six-week session, online or in-person at TU Dance Center. $15.00 individual class drop-in rate, cash or check at TU Dance Center.

Midday Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm

Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson Wallum
Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm

Evening Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Wednesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen-, (612) 440-9028

Pivotal Moment, The Cowles Center’s newest workshop series, is geared toward university dance students and young professionals who have been creating or producing movement in the Twin Cities for three years or less. This program provides accessible space for artists to explore material, experiment with teaching and receive feedback.

In November, Amal’s three-class series will explore relationships to self, space, and others through somatically-driven improvisation exercises. Each class will begin and end with opportunity for self-reflection and include discussion towards politicizing movement exploration.

CLASSES | 9:30-11:30 AM
November 13, 20 | Amal Rogers, MA Mills College
December 4, 11, 18 | Emma Marlar, BFA University of Minnesota

OPEN STUDIO | 4:00-6:00 PM
November 8, 15, 20
December 6, 13, 20

Free to attend!

Target Studio, The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Elyse Chambers-, (612) 206-3643

McKnight Community Class Series
Final class on Saturday, November 11

Karla Nweje will teach:
Saturday, November 11, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Target Education Studio at the Cowles Center. Class is accompanied by live drummers.
To register:

Since her arrival to the Twin Cities, Karla has served as a contributing artist to many arts education programs and special arts projects. Through her group performance initiative (The Samimejon Movement), Ms. Nweje continues to choreograph and write new material for students and for a broadening general audience base. She is a 2013 recipient of the Excellence in Educational Service Award (Ordway Center for Performing Arts) and is in her ninth season as a teaching artist and design team member for its Dance to Learn program. She is on several teaching artist rosters throughout Minnesota, including that of The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Mary Ellen Childs-

Ballet Royale Minnesota presents "Le Petit Nut"!

Come experience the magic and joy of the season, and join Ballet Royale for our annual in-studio workshop and performance "Le Petit Nut"!

Ballet Royale will be offering a class for dancers ages four through nine years old to learn a miniature Nutcracker dance.
"Le Petit Nut" includes the two-hour creative choreography class as well as the performance, and audiences will also receive a sneak peak of A Minnesota Nutcracker, performed by Twin Cities Ballet dancers.

Space is limited, so sign-up soon! Registration forms available at the Ballet Royale Minnesota studio.

WHEN: November 25
TIME: 10:00am - 12:00pm. Performance at 12:00pm.
COST: $25 per dancer
WHERE: Ballet Royale Minnesota Studio

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

with Cari Riis Stemmler and Tiza Wynn Riley

Friday, December 1, 2017 to Sunday, December 3, 2017
Friday: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Class: $449.00 until November 10; $499.00 regularly.
Materials Fee: $80.00

Reformer 2 includes intermediate exercises and modifications designed for group and individual instruction. Teaching successful classes to clients at different levels of ability is emphasized, along with variations on sequences and progressing your class from the beginning to intermediate level.

Reformer 1 and Movement Principles

Paragon Pilates & PT | 5101 Vernon Ave S, Suite 2A, Edina, MN 55436
Ginny Massie,, or Cari Riis Stemmler-, (952) 405-9765

Klein Technique, as taught by Barbara Mahler, is a cohesive integration of body and mind, based on the principles of change, possibilities, and a better functioning body. It is a technique grounded in the concept that what helps us to function at our optimum efficiency are simple ideas, exercises, and practice, the demands being the same in dance as everyday life.

Friday, December 8, 7pm-9:30pm
Saturday, December 9, 11am-3pm
Sunday, December 10, 11am-3pm

Registration: Early Bird $165.00. Deadline: November 10.
Standard Fee: $195.00
Inquire for student rate.

To Register: Email name and “Register me” to with a $50 deposit to secure reservation. Deposit is non-refundable after November 24.
Your deposit can be paid via:
Check, sent to: Jennifer Arave, 686 23rd Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 or
PayPal: “send”, then “send money to family or friends”, enter: and $50.00 for the amount.

Cowles Center, Target Studio | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Jennifer Arave-, (612) 432-1512

Body – Voice – Ensemble is a chance for professional performers, artists, and students to immerse themselves in Company of Wolves' unique body-centred approach to performance.
December 9 and 10, 11am-4pm

Based on our work in Polish laboratory theatre (Song of the Goat, Gardzienice), contemporary improvisation, and voice; our training uses movement, song, and text to search for ways to be more fully awake and alive in the moment of performance, and for ways to give ourselves fully to our work, our partners, and the audience; and awaken the impulses and imagination of the body, and explore how to give these expression in voice, movement, and speech.

This workshop offers an introduction to our physical, vocal, and energetic training, offering a chance to rediscover performance as a living practice, and to reconnect to our sources of inspiration at the turn of the year.

Company of Wolves is a laboratory theatre company based in Scotland.

Ivy Arts Building, 2637 27th Ave S Minneapolis MN 55406
Mariah Larkin-

Join Crash Dance Productions for four days of contemporary dance technique, improvisation, and repertory. Participants will work alongside the company to learn pieces from Crash’s repertory, culminating in a showing for friends and family at the JSB TEK BOX.

We are pleased to offer intermediate, advanced, and pre-professional levels. Intermediate is recommended for youth dancers, or anyone with limited dance experience. Advanced is recommended for preteen and teen dancers, or any dancer with previous dance training. Pre-professional is recommended for teens and adults, or any dancer with a strong contemporary dance background. Contact us with questions about these levels.

Pre-professional dancers interested in taking class only (without participating in the showing) can drop-in on a daily basis. Drop-ins can pre-register online, or pay at the door.

For additional detail, visit our website:

JSB TEK BOX at The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, 55403


We are a well established ballroom dance club located in Appleton, Wisconsin with exciting career opportunities. Get extensive training throughout your employment with us. The Club is growing and we are offering an opportunity to grow with us. This is a salaried position with paid training and benefits!

Send resume to or call us at 920-731-8851. Take the first step to a skill that will last the rest of your life!

For more information

1004 S. Olde Oneida St, Appleton, WI
Terry Irwin-, (920) 731-8851

The Cowles Center invites Minnesota-based artists or organizations to submit proposals for engagement and community events that bring a unique perspective, discussion, and/or education opportunity to the Minnesota arts community. Selected artists and organizations will work with Cowles Center staff to produce an event rooted in dance that serves a specified community and provides access to quality arts experiences. Proposal applications opened on November 1, 2017, with two to three artist selections in January 2018.

Who is eligible:
Pre-emerging, emerging, and established artists of any medium, dance companies, community arts organizations.

Fill out the proposal form:

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Jessi Fett-, (612) 206-3640

The Keshet Makers Space Experience (MSE) is a format in which choreographers/dancemakers have access to space to develop their craft and their products, at whatever stage that might be – newly germinating ideas, final development of full productions, and/or anything in between – assisting in the process of bringing art to market.

The upcoming 2018 Makers Space Experience includes two cohort periods held in the early months of 2018. Keshet will select five Makers for each of the ten-day residency periods at the Keshet Center for the Arts. Applicants/Makers can be individual artists (or an applicant team of two artists who don’t mind sharing a hotel room together and rehearsing in the same studio together). During the cohort period, the Keshet MSE provides access to space, access to classes, lots of sunshine and oodles of love. Applications are open through November 20, 2017.

Cohort One: Friday, January 26, 2018; check out Monday, February 5, 2018
Cohort Two: Thursday, February 22, 2018; check out Sunday, March 4, 2018

Albuquerque, NM
Ana Lopes Arechiga-, (505) 224-9808

Threads Dance Project is seeking a diverse group of dancers ages 21 and older. Threads is seeking versatile dancers that are quick learners and are fluent in a variety of dance forms.

Rehearsals will begin December 4, 2017.

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Registration: 8:30am-9:00am
Audition: 9:00am-10:30am

Dancers must bring a headshot and resume. Threads is looking for both men and women.

Contact Karen Christ, below, for additional information.

The JSB TEKBOX at the Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN


Saturday, November 25, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Sunday, December 3, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Curio Dance & School, 1560 Frontage Rd, Stillwater, MN 55082

Seeking strong and versatile dancers in contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip hop, breaking, and funk styles for the next production of Drop the Mic, running March 15-18, 2018. Rehearsals are primarily on Sundays for ten weeks, starting in January. Great opportunity to work with professional choreographers, artists, and perform at The Cowles Center's Goodale Theater.

Giselle Mejia-, (651) 470-9428


Great location at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis. Jawaahir Dance Company studio at the corner of Minnehaha and Lake next door to the police station. Over 2000 square feet with windows, two mirrored walls, and a sprung hardwood floor. Off-street parking and bike rack. Only two blocks from the Lake Street/Midtown light rail station, and on the 7, 21, 27, and 53 bus routes. Fully handicapped accessible.

Bloomington location at 9050 Lyndale Avenue in the lower level of the Great Bear Center. Bright space of 900 square feet with one full mirrored wall and one partial. Double ballet barres. Small sitting area.

Visit our website at for photos and more information.
Contact Jenny Piper for pricing and availability.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

St. Paul Ballet is doing some storage cleaning and has found several costumes and props that we will no longer be using, and are planning to sell.

Brennan Benson-, (651) 690-1588

Located conveniently at the intersection of University Avenue and Fairview Avenue North, St. Paul Ballet offers spacious studio space for rent when available.

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
Andrea Lane-, (651) 690-1588

TU Dance Center is offering its spacious dance studios for rent when available.

TU Dance Center has studios that are 33x56 feet (Studio 1) and 21x46 feet (Studio 2) with sprung floors and Marley-type surface, fixed and portable barres, mirrors, pianos, sound equipment, high ceilings, and natural light. The Center also features an air conditioned green room, kitchenette and dressing room, and free off-street parking.

TU Dance Center is convenient to both Minneapolis and St. Paul from I-94/Vandalia exit. Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side.

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez-, (612) 367-6681

The Cowles Center is constantly looking for different ways to engage and connect the dance community. This year, through a series of Roundtable Discussions, Cowles staff will invite artists to gather and discuss topics and issues relevant to dancers at all stages of their career. Guests speakers will also be present during these discussions to provide additional resources.

In order to make the most of these discussions, a survey has been created to help define the structure of future Roundtables. Our hope is to provide a space where you feel heard and an opportunity to connect with one another.

The Cowles Center invites you to share your voice in this process, by completing a short survey:

Elyse Chambers-, (612) 206-3643

Want to discuss opportunities for individual dance artists?
Need to understand Press Kits for your next show?
Trying to revise your teaching artist curriculum?
Don’t know where to start with individual donations?

Free 20-minute consultations with The Cowles Center’s seasoned dance administrators are now available. The Cowles Center hosts open office hours quarterly. Sign up to discuss a grant you’re writing, connect with marketing on tips to promote your show or touch base with the education staff about outreach opportunities and career development.

Date: November 8, 2018
Time: 3:30-5:30
Location: Cowles Center Offices- Suite 200

For more information and to sign up visit our website:

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Elyse Chambers-, (612) 206-3643


MDT's Open Division offers drop-in ballet classes for adults and teens ages sixteen and older. Preregistration is required where indicated.

• Classes seven days a week
• All levels
• Piano accompaniment
• Spacious studios in the heart of Minneapolis
• A noncompetitive atmosphere

Thursday, 6:30-7:00pm

Sunday, 11:30am-1:00pm
Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm

Monday, 6:45-8:15pm, Pointe 8:15-8:45pm
Saturday, 9:00-10:30am

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm, Pointe 8:30-9:00pm

Sunday, 11:15am-12:45pm, Pointe 12:45-1:15pm

Monday–Friday, 9:30-11:00am
Saturday, 10:30am-Noon

BALLET FUNDAMENTALS - Preregistration required
Next Session: January 2 - March 22
Tuesday and/or Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm

PILATES - Preregistration required
Next Session: January 18 - March 8
Thursday, 8:15-9:15am

MDT Studios at The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Justin Leaf-, (612) 338-0627

Erin Thompson teaches advanced modern dance classes at Zenon this fall. Classes explore experiential anatomy, ease and efficiency of movement, and power from the ground.

Advanced Modern
Thursdays - 9:30am-11:00am, with Dean Magraw on guitar!

$15 per 90-minute class, $1 off for professionals; $140 for a ten-class card.

Zenon Dance School | The Cowles Center, Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erin Thompson-, (612) 221-3186

Fall session runs through December 17. The Cassandra School offers year-round belly dance classes, including six Level 1 classes, for students ranging from two left feet to Jawaahir company members continually honing their skills. All ages, levels, shapes, and sizes welcome! Belly dance is a great total body workout that builds core strength, is easy on your joints, and increases your flexibility. Drop in class price is only $18 and each class is 90 minutes-a perfect way to try belly dancing and see if it’s right for you. Also, student discounts are available this session. PLUS, we have class cards that allow students to take unlimited classes in a calendar month at $105 for beginner-level classes. Go to for details and register TODAY!
Classes are at these locations:
In Minneapolis at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, next to the police station.
In Bloomington at 9050 Lyndale Ave So, in the Great Bear Center.

Jenny Piper-, (612) 872-6050

Join Midwest School of Ballet. Classes are offered at two locations:
Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM), 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Edina Community Center (ECC), 5701 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55424.

Ballet Fundamentals I for ages three and four:
Saturdays, 9:00-9:45am (PIM), 9:15-10:00am (ECC)
Thursdays, 5:15-6:00pm (PIM)

Ballet Fundamentals II for ages five and six:
Saturdays, 10:00-11:00am (PIM), 10:00-11:00am (ECC)
Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm (PIM)

Ballet Fundamentals III for ages six through eight:
Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm (PIM)

Ballet Level I for ages eight and older:
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm (PIM)

Ballet Level II:
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm (PIM)
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm (PIM)

Ballet Level III:
Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm (PIM)
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30pm (PIM)
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm (PIM)

Mondays, 5:30-7pm (PIM).
Saturdays, 11:30-1pm (ECC) - Teens and athletes, ages nine through fourteen!

Mondays, 7:00-7:30pm/7:00-8:00pm (PIM)

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm (PIM)

Eileen Kamp-, (612) 564-8672

Dance Expressions - ages four through six. Students explore their imaginations by moving their bodies through space. Saturdays, 8:45-9:30am.

Intro to Ballet - ages seven through twelve. Students with little to no ballet experience. Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm.

Adult Fundamentals Ballet - ages thirteen and older. For the adult with no ballet experience! Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm.

Adult Beginning Ballet - ages sixteen and older. For the student who enjoyed ballet as a child or has had three or more months of classical ballet. Wednesdays, 7:30-8:45pm and Saturdays, 8:45-10:00am.

Adult Life Long Ballet and Conditioning - ages eighteen and older. A gentle ballet class for dancers of all ages! Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am Conditioning Class from 11:30-12pm.

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul, MN
Andrea Lane-, (651) 690-1588

Open Professional Classes: Join us Monday-Friday from 10-11:30AM and take your morning ballet class from some of the Twin Cities' finest teachers. Teaching Artists: Laura Greenwell, Jeffrey Hankinson, Maureen Haworth, Deborah Nettell, and Barbara Weinstine.

Intermediate Open Classes: St. Paul Ballet has teen and adult intermediate classes four days a week!
Mondays, 7:30-9:00pm: Zoé Henrot
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm: Laura Daugherty, followed by Adult Pointe 8:30-9:00pm.
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm: Anna Goodrich
Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am: Deborah Nettell

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul, MN
Andrea Lane-, (651) 690-1588

Dance is wonderful to increase flexibility, coordination, balance, and strength. We are thrilled to provide ballet classes geared specifically towards athletes through our drop-in program. Ages fourteen and up.

Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm | Teaching Artist: Antonio Lopez

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul, MN
Laura Greenwell-, (651) 690-1588

We are still taking registrations for our Young Dancers Program at St. Paul Ballet for ages four through six. Learn the joy of movement with our Anne Green Gilbert BrainDance certified teach Mary Coats.

Music and Movement: age five. One 45-minute lesson per week. Pick either Wednesday or Saturday for the semester. This is a class for five-year-olds.

Dance Fundamentals: age six. One one-hour lesson per week. Pick either Wednesday or Saturday for the semester. This is a class for six-year-olds.

655 Fairview Ave N, St Paul, MN
Andrea Lane-, (651) 690-1588

Join Ballet Royale Minnesota’s FREE Boy's Program!

Unique in Minnesota, this is an innovative program designed specifically for boys that is both created and taught by male teachers. These classes focus on strength, stamina, conditioning, coordination, focus, and agility in a fun, creative atmosphere.

Classes include:
- Boys Creative Dance Adventures
- Boys Dance
- Ballet for Boys I and II
- Boys Intermediate Ballet
- Boys Cross-Training Class

Ballet Royale’s Ballet for Boys classes are for students ages five to seventeen, with or without prior dance experience, and are developed and taught primarily by former professional dancer Rick Vogt.

Participants just need enthusiasm, commitment, and regular attendance.

Class registration is ongoing, JOIN TODAY!
Tuition is pro-rated if you start mid-semester

Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

HIJACK will be teaching a series of improvisation classes on Saturdays at TU Dance Center. HIJACK is the choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder. Van Loon and Wilder each grew up in Chicago, met at Colorado College, and established their collaboration in Minneapolis in 1993.

November 11 and 18, December 2 and 9


Cost: $14/class, $120/ten-class card

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen-, (612) 440-9028

Mathew Janczewski is teaching intermediate modern dance classes at Zenon. This class will be a study of how certain fundamentals of modern dance technique such as alignment, balance, centering, and momentum intersect with the experience of being embodied. Warm-up exercises will incorporate conditioning and somatic exploration. Guided improvisation will be used as a means of generating material and excavating content to feed our creative curiosity.

Intermediate Level 2 Modern
Saturdays: 10:00am-11:30am
Cost:$15 per 90-minute class; $140 for a ten-class card.

Photo by Aaron Warkov.

Zenon Dance School | 528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Mathew Janczewski-

TU Dance Center offers a variety of open classes in ballet, Horton-based modern, West African, Gaga, improvisation, and contemporary techniques. Classes are for intermediate and advanced levels.

Teaching artists include Toni Pierce-Sands, Kenna Camara-Cottman, Penny Freeh, Laurel Keen, Michel Kouakou, Blake Nellis, and Abdo Sayegh.

For current class listings, please visit the link below. Schedule is subject to change. Cost: $14/class, $120/ten-class card.

Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side (free parking in the lot in front of TU Dance Center).

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen-, (612) 440-9028

Join Ms. Kenna at TU Dance Center every Thursday from 7:30-9:00pm for a multi-generational African dance class. This class is open to anyone in the community.
No preregistration required.

Cost: $14
Adults 60+: $10
Family of three or more: $25
Children ages twelve and younger: Free!

TU Dance Center | 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Laurel Keen-, (612) 440-9028

Join us for an invigorating, community-oriented dance class for adults 50+ who love a healthy, active lifestyle. MovementWise participants explore a wide variety of dance forms, from social dance and modern to ballet and percussive dance. Whether you’re a veteran of dance or a newcomer, we welcome you to come enjoy the benefits of MovementWise.

Date: Now-December 6. No class on November 22.

Time: 6:30-8:00

Price: $90 Membership includes all classes, a pair of free tickets, and 20 percent off of performances; or drop-in for $10.

Location: The Cowles Center, Target Education Studio - Second floor.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Jessi Fett-, (612) 206-3640

Come get your groove on with Erinn Liebhard at this week's Friday Morning Jazz! A part of Zenon's regular fall session this year, you can get at this class with a one-time drop in or a Zenon class card. Drop by to get grounded, social and musical, to continue exploring jazz, or to rediscover it after a break (or all the above or for any other reason): all are welcome in this all-comers class that tends to move at a fast-paced intermediate level. So, find your reason and, as Karla says, #GetYourAsstoClass!

Zenon Dance Company and School | Cowles Center Fourth Floor, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erinn Liebhard-

In this class students will explore many aspects of partnering technique, from sharing weight to exploring levels of touch. Students will learn how to safely and successfully make contact and support another body in space, and may be challenged to choreograph short partnering phrases or collectively solve creative problems. No partners or experience is necessary, open to all levels.

Alexandra Bodnarchuk is a Minneapolis-based dance artist who hails from Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has been presented in Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and New York. She currently moves with Black Label Movement.

Alexandra Bodnarchuk-

This weekly contact improvisation jam will begin with a focused warm-up led by some of the most experienced movers in the Twin Cities. We will explore how our bodies move while in physical contact with each other, focusing on mass, gravity, momentum, and inertia. We will train in sensory awareness, partnering skills and improvisation. Warm-up will be playful, meditative, and acrobatic. An open jam follows.

The Underscore is a long-form improvisation structure created by Nancy Stark Smith. It progresses through states, ranging from internal exploration and connectivity to the earth, to energetic interactive dancing with others. A talk-through at the beginning and a "map" taped to the wall depicting over 20 symbols and their definitions will guide the dance.

November 13: Warm-up/jam with Blake Nellis at Beautiful Studio
November 20: Open Jam at Cowles Center
November 27: Open Jam at Beautiful Studio

Warm-up/jam: $10-20, jam $5, Underscore $5-10

Beautiful Studio | 2242 University Ave, St. Paul, MN
The Cowles Center | 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Lindsay Forsythe-, (347) 512-0892